Most treehuggers are used to articles proclaiming that 99.999999999% of climatologists, or something like that, agree that climate change is real and humans are the primary cause. For the longest time, however, we also saw claims that meteorologists (the folks who study weather instead of climate) tend to think differently.
A new study from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, however, appears to pour cold water on that claim. Consisting of two studies, one of 1038 people currently working in broadcast communication, and one of American Meteorological Society (AMS) members who are not broadcast meteorologists.
The result of the 2 surveys is striking: 96% of meteorologists believe that climate change is happening, and 95% believe that humans are partially or largely responsible. Equally striking is the fact that most think that some of the negative impacts can be averted if we choose to reduce our emissions.
While it might be tempting to dismiss those sensationalist headlines from a few years ago that claimed that meteorologists don't believe in climate change, the study also notes that 20% of respondents said their opinions had changed in the last 5 years.
Another skeptic talking point bites the dust.